War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0908 MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA. Chapter LXIII.

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RICHMOND, May 9, 1864.

Honorable J. A. SEDDON:

Chester Station reports Yankee cavalry advancing on the jucntion and that the roads were full of them. Will report again soon as I can hear more definitely. Have telegraphed Petersburg, via Lynchburg, to advise Genal Pickett of the rumor. Pickets sttioned at Chester or thereabouts say no doubt of the Yankees now being on railroad.

G. W. RADY,

Superintendent.

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DREWRY'S BLUFF, May 9, 1864.

G. W. RADY,

Superintendent:

The enemy have driven in our pickets. Reported advancing.

J. D. POTT.

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PETERSBURG, May 9, 1864.

G. W. RADY,

Superintendent:

Your message received. Lost circuit on all there wires north. It is very probable that they are advancing, as they were repoted at Walthall last night. I will report to General Pickett and let you know his answer as soon as possible.

D. M. L DRISCOLL.

[Indorsement.]

MAY 9, 1864.

Respectfully submitted to the Presidnet for his informaiton. The dispatches are from operators of the telegraph offices.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secertary of War.

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DREWRY'S BLUFF, May 9, 1864 - 5 p. m.

General BRAGG,

Richomond, Va.:

From all I can ascertain the object of the enemy seems to be merely to destroy the railroad. They have burned the station at Chester and retired down the railroad. I have sent forwared two regimetns. Press them.

R. RANSOM,

Major-General.

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WELDON, May 9, 1864. (Received 10th.)

Gernal B. BRAGG,

Richmon, Va.:

I am hurrying troops through as rapidly as possible. Ranosm's, Hoke's, Hagood's, Wise's, and Evans' nbrigades have passed through. Kemper's and COrse's brigades will bne here during the night. Read's battalion of artillery arrivedhere to- day on the cars; are waitning at